Treatment of OCD and Related Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other related disorders such as body dimorphic disorder, trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), excoriation (skin picking disorder), and hoarding disorder, to name a few, are characterized by the presence of obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are experienced as intrusive and unwanted.
Compulsions are repetitive behaviours or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession.
The gold-standard treatment for OCD is CBT focusing on exposure with response prevention. Mindfulness-based approaches have also been useful in the treatment of OCD. We specialize in both treatment approaches.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop when an individual is exposed (directly or indirectly) to trauma involving death or the threat of death, or serious injury. Something is traumatic when it is very frightening, overwhelming and causes a lot of distress. It could be an event or situation that you experience or something that happens to others, including loved ones.
Some struggle with very negative thoughts about themselves, the world around them, and their future. In some cases, thoughts of hurting oneself or ending one’s life become prominent. Suicide is the intentional act of ending one’s life. Self-injury is deliberate harm to the surface of the body without an intention to end one’s life.
Suicide and self-injury are complicated issues. It’s important to talk about your experiences with a mental health care practitioner, as they can help you learn skills to cope and connect you with helpful groups or resources.